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Big Cat Rescue: Original Articles of Incorporation

Subject: Original Articles of Incorporation for Wildlife on Easy Street, aka Big Cat Rescue
Source: Copy of the original filed in 1995

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Tampa Florida's Big Cat Rescue, wants you to believe that she became a sanctuary for the purpose of rescuing exotic cats in 1992. Let's examine the facts.

On March 30th, 1995, Carole Lewis Baskin applied to incorporate under the name Wildlife on Easy Street, now known as Big Cat Rescue. Baskin listed the address as 1802 Easy Street and states the directors are elected or appointed by majority vote.

The directors are named as Don and Carole Lewis and Jamie Lewis of the same address. Baskin's daughter Jamie was never adopted by Baskin's missing millionaire husband Don Lewis and her name is and always has been Jamie Murdock. Also, Jamie would have been bout 14 years old at the time Baskin listed her as a director of Wildlife on Easy Street, aka Big Cat Rescue. 

Under article 111 Purpose, Baskin is asked to name "The specific purpose for which the corporation is organized is": Here Baskin writes...

"Acquisition, Shelter, Feeding, Breeding and socialization of exotic and non exotic animals..." view these papers here >>

For anyone not familiar with the word socialization in terms of exotic animals, it refers to the practice of taming, training, or otherwise acclimating the animals to being handled by humans. In other words, Baskin formed the corporation that she calls a sanctuary for the purpose of buying or acquiring exotic cats and other animals for the purpose of breeding and socializing them with humans so she could then sell them as pets or use them commercially, such as in magazine shoots, or sleeping in her cabins with her overnight guests.

As further proof of her intentions, Baskin actually wrote books and narrated videos with names like, "Big Cat Companions" and "Exotic Cats as Housepets". Baskin firmly believed that breeding and socializing exotic cats would contribute to "public education and awareness to benefit their wild counterparts" as she stated on her application to incorporate as Wildlife on Easy Street.

Although Baskin advertised these books and tapes for sale to help fund her (in her words) "much needed sanctuary", Baskin insists that sanctuaries do not buy, breed, sell, socialize, exhibit or declaw their cats.

In 2001 Baskin writes in her daily notes that she "applied for tax free status on Return to Eden (another of her six non-profits) and Wildlife on Easy Street so that neither have to pay property tax, nor sales and use taxes." Are her reasons for becoming a non-profit sanctuary becoming clearer? 

Legal aspects set aside, is it morally acceptable to falsely advertise that you became a sanctuary to rescue cats in 1992 when in fact you incorporated three years later in 1995 as a breeder? Is it morally acceptable to list a 14 year old child as a director of a corporation, using an illegal last name? Is it morally acceptable to continue to this day to represent cats bought as personal pets and breeders as "abused and abandoned" cats for the purpose of pleading for donations?

Is Carole Lewis Baskin a woman of integrity...or a morally corrupt criminal mind perpetrating the biggest fraud on the unsuspecting public and over 30,000 financial donors in the history of captive exotic cats in this country?

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